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Thankfully, a lot of people tend to have some downtime at the end of the year. Whether this year you’re creating new holiday memories at home, are laying low and prioritizing self-care or a little bit of both, remember to set some time aside for yourself.
And if you can squeeze a few minutes into your day that is just for you, why not treat yourself to a new audiobook?
The New York Times recently shared what the editors of The Times Book Review thought were the top titles of the year, and they also happen to be available to listen to now on Audible. Below, check out five titles that are considered some of the very best of the year.
“Uncanny Valley: A Memoir” by Anna Wiener
What it’s about: “Part coming-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener’s memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power.”
“The Vanishing Half: A Novel” by Brit Bennett
What it’s about: “Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing.”
“Homeland Elegies: A Novel” by Ayad Akhtar
What it’s about: “A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made.”
“Deacon King Kong: A Novel” by James McBride
What it’s about: “In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in South Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and, in front of everybody, shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range.
The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride’s funny, moving novel.”
“Shakespeare in a Divided America” by James Shapiro
What it’s about: “In a narrative arching across the centuries, from Revolutionary times to the present day, leading scholar James Shapiro traces the unparalleled role of Shakespeare’s 400-year-old tragedies and comedies in illuminating the many concerns on which American identity has turned.”
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